Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi is the subject of a big-money bid from Chelsea, as head coach Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his side this summer with new additions.
The summer transfer window is officially open for business and Chelsea seem in no mood to hang about.
The Blues, fresh from winning their second UEFA Champions League title less than a fortnight ago, have launched a £56.1million bid for Inter Milan right wing-back Achraf Hakimi, according to Sky Sports.
It is claimed that the Blues, who will discover their fixture list for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign next week, have matched the offer that has been made by French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on adding three new players to his squad this summer, with the addition of a right-sided defender thought to be high up on his wish list.
Given that Chelsea have adopted a 3-4-2-1 approach since the German arrived at the club towards the end of January, wing-backs play a key role in his system, being responsible for providing support to the back-three and bombing forward to provide an attacking option in the final third.
In Hakimi, Chelsea would be landing the perfect candidate. The Moroccan international has made a name for himself in recent seasons for his attack-minded approach from the right side of the defence, so much so that he scored seven goals and claimed 11 assists in all competitions for Inter during the 2020/21 campaign.
As well as producing solid numbers for Inter, Hakimi also scored 12 goals during a two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.
Although his main responsibility is to be a right-back, Hakimi has admitted that he can also operate as a winger and believes that he could play as a striker if required.
“I think I like the right-back role – but I like to go on the attack all the time,” Hakimi told BBC Sport after joining Inter last summer.
“I like to play as a winger too, and sometimes I feel as if I want to play as a striker. But I think right-back is good.”
In truth, Hakimi is more suited to playing a wing-back role, which is the exact system that Tuchel and Chelsea operate with.
Although Reece James has enjoyed a hugely successful season, he has shown an ability to play in the back-three, potentially paving the way for Hakimi to join the club and play at right wing-back, providing more attacking thrust.
As well as detailing his preferred position upon his arrival at Inter last year, Hakimi also outlined his desire to play like Brazilian defender Marcelo, suggesting that his initial plan may have been to become a left-back.
He continued: “It was a dream for me to play alongside him, like it was when I signed for Real Madrid. I signed when I was young; I didn’t believe it when they called me.
“As a young player, I looked up to Marcelo because he plays in the same position as me. He laughs all the time too; when he plays, he enjoys it. I want to be like him.”
Hakimi’s numbers, as outlined above, speak for themselves, meaning he would be the perfect choice for Tuchel to strengthen his right wing-back position this summer.
Should the Blues land his signature, it would be an addition that would almost certainly be approved by every Chelsea fan.